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Cadets set to talk with hams throughout the world aboard submarine

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  • venuscat2
    Contact: Ted Dekker, Amateur Radio Station WJ8F 1970 Burton St. SE, Apt. 40, Grand Rapids, MI Phone: 616-262-6570 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cadets set to talk with
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11, 2002
      Contact: Ted Dekker, Amateur Radio Station WJ8F
      1970 Burton St. SE, Apt. 40, Grand Rapids, MI
      Phone: 616-262-6570


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Cadets set to talk with ham radio operators throughout the world,
      aboard submarine U.S.S. Silversides.

      On February 22, 2002, members of a Calvinist Cadet Club will
      participate in a sleep-over aboard the submarine U.S.S. Silversides
      at Muskegon harbor. Among activities planned will be the setup and
      operation of an amateur "ham" radio station aboard the famous
      World
      War II submarine. The short wave radio station, reminiscent of the
      ship's original radio equipment, will provide the cadets an
      opportunity to talk to amateur radio operators across the country and
      around the world.

      The young Cadets, who regularly meet at Plymouth Heights
      Christian Reformed Church, in Grand Rapids, will depart the church
      premises at 6:30 p.m., and travel to Muskegon Harbor. Among other
      activities planned, the cadets will help set up an amateur radio
      transceiver and antenna system, and then, by both voice and Morse
      code, "go fishing" for contacts around the world. The
      activity may
      help cadets learn toward the earning of a Radio merit badge.

      The portable amateur station, licensed by the Federal
      Communications Commission, will operate under the call
      sign "WJ8F/Maritime-mobile." Long distance radio contacts -
      called "DX" by radio hams - are normal via short wave amateur
      radio
      bands. The station will be a typical example of radio equipment that
      enables ham radio operators to assist emergency and relief agencies,
      by providing wireless communications on the not uncommon occasions
      when normal communications are overloaded, degraded or out of
      commission.

      Although often thought made obsolete by the internet, by
      embracing and providing wireless enhancements to the internet,
      amateur radio is even more popular, fun and rewarding a hobby than
      ever before. There are about 680,000 hams in the U.S., 2.5 million
      around the world, and 21,066 in Michigan.

      The Calvinist Cadet Corps is an independent (non-
      denominational) youth ministry organization whose purpose is to
      provide the local church with a ministry program that will enable
      them to effectively share Christ's love with boys from their church
      and community. Founded in 1952, the Corps has more than 650 clubs
      throughout North America. The organization uses the title "Calvinist"
      to honor the Protestant reformer, John Calvin, who devoted his life
      to the religious education of God's children.
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